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They got a little sloppy at Poppy
They got a little sloppy at Poppy...
16087 San Dieguito Rd, Ste D2
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
'Christmas Time for the Jews' -- Darlene Love, Robert Smigel (VIDEO)
'Christmas Time for the Jews' -- Darlene Love, Robert Smigel (VIDEO)
Surfers and shoppers, expect fewer plastic bags in Solana Beach waves and stores.
Today all Solana Beach stores are going plastic bag free, as the second part of theCity's plastic bag ordinance becomes operative.
The City Council adopted the ordinance, banning plastic bags and charging ten cents per paper bags, back in May. The ordinance first went into effect in large stores, grocery stores, and pharmacies on August 9, and rolls out in all other retail stores today.
Solana Beach is the first and currently the only city in San Diego County to ban plastic bags. It is also the second largest city in the county. The city is well known for its environmental leadership--in 2003 it was the first city in the country to ban smoking on its beautiful beaches.
If you live in Solana Beach, let the City Manager know you support the ordinance by calling (858) 720-2477. For more information on the ordinance, visit the City's website or view the ordinance language on the list of local bag ordinances.
Visit Californians Against Waste by following this link: Take action on other local bag ordinances today.
(A column noire tribute...rip)
I was working the day shift out of San Marcos when the phone rang. It was Adrienne. Yeah, Adrienne. Cool glass of water out of Ventura.
Adrienne. See. She got with Spence and they got themselves a little ole' radio show. KVTA-AM1520. Ventura's only drive-time talk news music and ... Well, you know the drill.
Adrienne and Spence wanted Ike. Yeah. Ike. Ike Turner. You know Ike. Father of rock and roll. Had a little thing with Tina. Big guy with a big bass.
They wanted Ike to spice up the deal. Shake, rattle and roll some cages. Spill the beans. Tell it like it is.
Now, me. I seen Ike. Seen him around town, don't you know. At the Panda Gardens. The Power Surge. Going down San Marcos Boulevard. East and West. Hither and Yon.
But you know what. Hadn't seen Ike for a dog's age.
That little old suburban house with a white picket fence and garden. Yeah that was Ike's pad. Ike had it all. See.
But what it was?
Ventura. San Marcos. Hollywood. It's all the same. Just a bunch of lonely people looking for a little music in their lives. Just a far-fetched fleck of dust flung across a big fat stack of condos where timeless sands wash along white-capped shores.
Yeah. But I ain't going to Del Mar today.
Adrienne wanted Ike. Now I wanted Ike, too.
I got in my little coupe d'coupe and dragged on down the strip. Lots of good stuff around here. Lake San Marcos. Quail. Water. Got me some bubble tea just for fun.
I headed up the hill and started seeking Ike. Maybe he got his tired ass at home playing online poker at http://www.partypoker.com/how-to-play.html.
Knock knock. Who's there. Nobody. No Ike. Nobody. Nobody home and by the looks of the empty driveway and locked-up fence nobody had been home for quite a while.
Hey, it's a hard knock life.
So, I surf.
The Net. The 'scape. Ike's got a site. A darn nice site. All the bells and whistles, don't you know.
Not much there to report however. Ike just turned 70. He got these pictures of a surprise party at Big Jim's Bar-B-Que in Encinitas. Groovy and far-out. He also got this long list of upcoming musical events. Sweet venues.
All canceled, I tell you. Adrienne baby. We don't got much.
The next few days I go back again and again. Take down the notes. Literally. Ike's got these musical notes on his front door mat. Wish I knew what they were.
Went back to Ike's to jot down the notes again, see, when a pretty little poker face pokes through the blinds. It's Audrey. Yeah, Ike's OK, she says. Concert cancellations? We're in negotiations, she says. Yeah, that's the ticket. Negotiating.
I leave my card. Looking for the local angle, see. Adrienne and Spence they're looking, too. Got something special up in Ventura for him. A little drive-time radio spot they're itching to fill.
Long story short: I'm knocking off for the day. The phone rings. It's Audrey. Ike wants to talk. Give us a call.
I give Adrienne a call. We found Ike. Hey, call Audrey. She'll call Ike. And Ike'll call you. Then you call me.
That's it. My job's done.
Yo Adrienne: Give Ike my regards.
Me? I gotta make like a stocking.
(Note: IKE TURNER WEBSITES, FOLLOW THE LINK...)
15th Anniversary of Heaven's Gate mass suicide at Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. March 26, 1997...
Views of Heaven's Gate:An Oral History
The largest mass suicide in U.S. history took place at a rented mansion off Camino Del Norte in March 1997. Presented here is a graphic -- viewer discretion advised -- video detailing the incident.
Following the video is a timeline of the cult's activity and it's 1997 news release detailing its plans.
Then, we present two "exit" videos -- the group made about 15 -- with members explaining their mind-sets and some of the particulars of their behaviors.
The final video presented here is one of leader Marshal Applewhite's numerous indoctrination videos.
For more information, follow the video links to additional presentations on several video sites.
This is presented in the interest of providing a partial oral historical record of one of the most disturbing chapters in recent American history as well as partially detailing the most spectacular, and disturbing, event in Rancho Santa Fe history.
Again, viewer discretion advised...
-- Editor's Note
Many of the Heaven’s Gate adherents who were found dead in a Rancho Santa Fe mansion March 26, 1997, had been with the group for most of their adult lives. Their leader was Marshall Applewhite.
They were found with their bags packed. Most were neatly laid out on beds, covered with purple shrouds. They wore running shoes and matching uniforms with “Heaven’s Gate Away Team” patches. Each had a $5 bill and quarters in his or her pockets.
The Heaven’s Gate group believed that once free of their earthly bodies, they would be whisked by spaceship to a celestial paradise and a “level beyond human.” They associated the Hale-Bopp comet, which could be seen in the sky that winter, with the spacecraft they awaited. They thought it was traveling behind the comet.
The Heaven’s Gate cult had existed for more than two decades. Its recruiting drives were followed by periods spent in near hiding. In its final years, its message was spread through the Internet. Here is a timeline of the group’s history.
1972: Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles, a nurse, meet at a Houston hospital. They set out on a spiritual quest and open a metaphysical bookstore.
January 1973: Applewhite and Nettles close their bookstore and set out to find their spiritual mission.
February 1973-August 1974: Applewhite and Nettles travel around the country, camping in parks and skipping out on motel-room bills.
Aug. 27, 1974: Applewhite and Nettles are arrested in Harlingen, Texas, on charges of credit-card fraud and auto theft. The charges against Nettles are dropped, but Applewhite is extradited to St. Louis and spends six months in jail.
March 1975: Applewhite and Nettles go to Ojai. Two of their recruits are a mother and her adult daughter.
April 1975: About 80 people meet at a Hollywood Hills home to hear Applewhite and Nettles. Twenty-four people from that meeting agree to meet in Gold Beach, Ore., with Applewhite and Nettles two weeks later.
May 5, 1975: The followers meet Applewhite and Nettles in Gold Beach. The leaders now call themselves Bo and Peep.
June 1975: Applewhite and Nettles abandon several followers in Sedona, Ariz.
Aug. 24, 1975: Applewhite and Nettles make a public appearance at Cañada College in Redwood City.
Sept. 14, 1975: The group meets in Waldport, Ore., expecting a spaceship to land. No spaceship shows up, but more than 30 people agree to join the group. The cult gets its first negative publicity over the fiasco.
Fall 1975: The group camps at the Colorado National Monument, waiting for a spaceship to pick up the members.
April 21, 1976: Nettles announces that the group no longer will hold public meetings. Many people leave the group during the next year. Its numbers drop from about 100 to two dozen. Nettles now calls herself Ti, while Applewhite goes by the name of Do.
June 19, 1985: Nettles dies of liver cancer.
May 27, 1993: The cult places a one-third-page ad in USA Today and once again begins recruiting members, this time using the Internet to spread its message.
June-October 1995: Heaven’s Gate members spend several months living in a compound in a remote New Mexico town.
October 1996: After living in several north San Diego County homes the year before, the cult moves into a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe.
March 26, 1997: The bodies of 39 cult members are discovered in the mansion.
May 1997: The husband of one of the dead cult members kills himself at an Encinitas motel. A member for 20 years, he had left the group in 1994. He had expressed regret that he was not with them when they died. A second former cult member who attempted death with him is revived.
February 1998: The second former cult member’s body is found in a tent in the Arizona desert, nine months after he survived the earlier suicide attempt.
Nov. 22, 1999: A county auction of Heaven’s Gate belongings raises $32,707. Some of the money pays for the auction; the rest goes to family members to help cover burial costs. Two former members who had tied up the estate in probate court eventually reach a settlement with the county and pay $2,000 for items of most significance to the cult.
|To be issued to the News Media
|By the time you read this, we suspect that the human bodies we were wearing have been found and that a flurry of fragmented reports have begun to hit the wire services. For those who want to know the facts, the following statement has been issued.
HEAVEN'S GATE® "Away Team" Returns to Level Above Human in Distant Space
|RANCHO SANTO FE, CA -- By the time you receive this, we'll be gone -- several dozen of us. We came from the Level Above Human in distant space and we have now exited the bodies that we were wearing for our earthly task, to return to the world from whence we came -- task completed. The distant space we refer to is what your religious literature would call the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God.
We came for the purpose of offering a doorway to the Kingdom of God at the end of this civilization, the end of this age, the end of this millenium. We came from that Level, that time, that space, and entered this one. And in so doing, we had to enter human bodies -- which we did, for the most part, in the mid-seventies. Now it was time for us to leave those bodies (vehicles) -- bodies that we borrowed for the time we were here (by previous arrangement) for this specific task. The task was not only to bring in information about that Evolutionary Kingdom Level Above Human, but to give us the experience of working against the forces of what the human evolutionary level, at this time, has become. And while it was a good learning experience for us, it also gave all who ever received knowledge from that Kingdom an opportunity to recognize us and this information, and to even move out of the human level and into the Next Level or the Next Evolutionary Level, the "Kingdom of Heaven," the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God, the Level Above Human, is a physical world, where they inhabit physical bodies. However, those bodies are merely containers, suits of clothes -- the true identity (of the individual) is the soul or mind/spirit residing in that "vehicle." The body is merely a tool for that individual's use -- when it wears out, he is issued a new one.
No one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven by trying to live a good life in this world, and then, thinking that when this world's life takes your body, you get to "go to heaven." The only time that Next Kingdom can be entered is when there is a Member or Members of that Kingdom who have come into the human kingdom, incarnated as we have, offering clarification of that information. To get into a discarnate condition just by disconnecting from your body doesn't mean that you are going to go anywhere, whether that loss of body is "premature" or not. When we step out of our "vehicle," we have to know where and who our "tour guide" (our Shepherd) is -- for what's next. We have to know we can connect with a Shepherd whom we trust, and that we have decided, "If that Shepherd will have me, I want to continue to be a sheep -- and I will do everything I can to please that Shepherd."
Periodically, that Next Level sends in a Representative -- a Shepherd -- and offers a graduation class, offers life, out of this evolutionary level into that Next Evolutionary Level, and we are at the end of one of those times. TI and DO were the names used by the Representatives of that Next Level, the Kingdom of God, sent to the "surface" of this planet to serve as our Teachers/"Midwives" at this time.
During a brief window of time, some may wish to follow us. If they do, it will not be easy. The requirement is to not only believe who the Representatives are, but, to do as they and we did. You must leave everything of your humanness behind. This includes the ultimate sacrifice and demonstration of faith -- that is, the shedding of your human body. If you should choose to do this, logistically it is preferred that you make this exit somewhere in the area of the West or Southwest of the United States -- but if this is not possible -- it is not required. You must call on the name of TI and DO to assist you. In so doing, you will engage a communication of sorts, alerting a spacecraft to your location where you will be picked up after shedding your vehicle, and taken to another world -- by members of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Only a Member of the Next Level can give you Life -- can take you out of "Death" -- but it requires that you disconnect, separate, from the last element holding you to the human kingdom.
We know what we're saying -- we know it requires a "leap of faith." But it's deliberate -- designed for those who would rather take that leap than stay in this world.
We suggest that anyone serious about considering this go into their most quiet place and ask, scream, with all of their being, directing their asking to the Highest Source they can imagine (beyond Earth's atmosphere), to give them guidance. Only those "chosen" by that Next Kingdom will know that this is right for them, and will be given the courage required to act.
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Solana Beach, Calif. Chocolotier Jer's goes peanut butternutty w/ free Nat. Pnt. Dy. choc....
On September 13, you can finally meet your neighbor and taste his wares, in honor of National Peanut Day. If you stop by Jer's headquarters, you can get a free Peanut Butter Square candy. From here, we switch to the company publicist, live on the scene, for the full story. Don't flip -- it's a free candy, it may be worth grabbing. (Oh, I wish they'd sent me a few samples, so I could tell whether yes or no.) Take it away, publicist:
"On September 13th, National Peanut Day, Jer’s Chocolates, the San Diego-based pioneer of peanut butter and chocolate combinations, is celebrating the national “holiday” with the public launch of Jer’s Squares, a new “bite-size” portion of Jer’s All-Natural Peanut Butter Bars.
"During National Peanut Day, the public is invited to come to Jer’s Chocolate’s headquarters located at 437 S. Highway 101, Suite 105, Solana Beach for a free Jer’s Squares, limited one per person. A 10% portion of the total sales of Jer’s Squares on National Peanut Day will go to Jer’s Cares, the trademarked charity component of Jer’s Chocolates that supports local non-profits such as the San Diego Food Bank and the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter."
For more info, visit http://www.jers.com/
Jer's chocolates (the chocolates, not the company) started as a gift.
Rewind to Jer’s college years: on a study break Jer created a unique peanut butter ball covered in rich milk chocolate. These "Balls," as they became affectionately called, were a hit. Friends insisted Jer make them again the following year, and the year after that.
After graduating college, Jer accepted a position with IBM and quickly became a top sales person and sales manager. From there, Jer moved to San Diego and led two local firms to success. By this time, Jer had really hit his stride, rising through the ranks to Executive Vice President. But Jer's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for creating those delicious chocolate continued to be part of life.
Then, after years of going to work, Jer decided to go into business.
Jer's Chocolates (the company, not the chocolates) started as a dream. Jer simply wanted to combine community service, business smarts, and those amazing chocolates into a company with purpose and passion.
Just one year after founding Jer's Chocolates, Jer's "Original IncrediBall™" was awarded the Silver Cup Award for "Best First Time Confection" at the International Confectioner's Conference in Boston. This was the first of four awards at this prestigious conference.
Jer's entire collection of 11 gourmet peanut butter confection including: the Original IncrediBall, Pretzo Change-O™, Cara Mella™ and Toffee Break™ are all award-winning. After that, the momentum and attention started to really pick up. Soon, there was no denying it: Jer's Balls were definitely on a roll.
With a solid foundation, a philanthropic mission, and a commitment to quality, Jer's Chocolates has become a successful company with a simple goal: produce delicious, unique, high-quality products that create a happy experience and make people feel good!
Cardiff Kook Dinosaur Attack - Behind the Scenes as the Pterodactyl Takes Flight @ Cardiff, Calif.
Visit korduroy.tv/2011/cardiff-kook-dinosaur-attack-behind-the-scenes for pics and full story...
In the early morning hours a knock was heard at the door of Korduroy.tv headquarters. On the doorstep was a note and a hard drive containing video of the Pterodactyl dinosaur installation on the Cardiff Kook. We don’t know why the artist(s) chose us to share the making of this masterpiece with the world, perhaps it is because of our coverage of the last great Kook Attackor the nice video Cy did in 8 hours to try and save the local Yoga Yurt.
One thing is for certain, the installation is an amazing display of artistry, teamwork and coordination that must have taken months of planning. The following video tells a tale of fun, glory and the cruel pecking order of life in a Utopian community. Enjoy.
BA-AAH!!! HAVE YOU SEEN OUR GOAT? San Diego Crimestoppers $3,000 reward for information...
2400 South Stage Coach Ln., Fallbrook, 92028
- Public school in the Fallbrook Union High district.
- Grades 9-12
- 2,899 students
- 125 faculty members
( Source: California Department of Education)
A $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who put duct tape around the snouts and legs of two goats at Fallbrook High School, leading to the death of one goat.
The incident, which occurred about 5 a.m. on June 15, may have been a "senior prank" gone wrong, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
The vandal -- described as 5-foot-11, 180 pounds -- fled when he was discovered by a security guard. The guard removed the duct tape from the goats, but one goat had already died.
The goats, kept in a livestock pen, were part of an agricultural project. A necropsy determined that the goat suffocated.
Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers, (888) 580-8477, or sheriff's Det. Jim Pucillo, (760) 451-3100. The reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers and San Diego Animal Advocates.
Solana Beach Co. Auctioning Rare Pistol Owned by Howard Hughes, Used in 'Hell’s Angels'
Listing Format: Auction Current price : $2,500.00 # of bids: 0 Closes: 82 Days, 17 Hours Starts: 9/1/2011 1:00:00 PM Ends: 9/17/2011 1:00:00 PM
Craig Gottlieb Militaria Auctions of Solana Beach is looking at some serious loot when it auctions on Sept. 1 a rare German Luger pistol once owned by aviation pioneer Howard Hughes.
The iconic handgun was used in the 1930 epic World War I film Hell’s Angels, which Hughes directed. Gottlieb places a conservative estimate of $50,000 on the gun, and notes that a pistol owned by gangster Al Capone recently sold for almost $110,000 at auction in London. He is no stranger to exotic collectibles, and he recently obtained the desk set that was used by Adolf Hitler to sign the Munich Agreement in 1938, and this set will also be up for auction in September.
The gun was used in the final scene of the Hollywood blockbuster that introduced actress Jean Harlow to the silver screen. It was one of the most expensive “talkies” ever produced. It was also notable for introducing the phrase “excuse me while I put on something more comfortable” into the American lexicon.
The history of the gun is also unique. It was once owned by Hell’s Angels screenwriter Joseph March, who received the Luger from Hughes as a gift. The written provenance that comes with the Luger is thus excellent. Included with this famous gun is a letter from the screenwriter’s family, including the family member who sold it to a collector in 1992. But, the most compelling provenance is the movie itself.
“When you play back the scene frame-by-frame, you can easily make out the unique features of this rare model Luger,” says Gottlieb, noting the slender barrel, unique grip safety and the shape of the other features, which are unique to this rare pistol. “If Hughes had used a regular Luger, we would never know if this was really the same gun.”
The letter that accompanies the Luger states that Hughes gave it to March in the 1930s “as a token of appreciation following the film.”
"This is an outstanding example of the 1900 "scoop toggle" American Eagle Luger. This very rare gun was used as a prop in the movie Hell's Angels, a movie produced in 1930, and directed by Howard Hughes. Originally obtained from the estate of the screen-writer who wrote the script, the pistol was given to him by Howard Hughes. The pistol was used in the most compelling scene in the movie, when Roy shoots his brother Monte Rutledge to save the lives of British soldiers. The cry by Monty that "He wants to live" as he beats down the door of their holding cell, the Germans waiting for the shot outside, is the most famous part of the film. In the DVD which accompanies this gun, when you play the scene frame-by-frame, you can very easily make out the slender barrel, scooped-toggle, grip safety, and the "DWM" manufacture on the top of the gun. This, in combination with the letter from the screen-writer's son, provided after his death, locks this gun into the scene. This firearm is in outstanding condition, and is a $6000 to $7000 gun by itself, made more valuable by the association with this pivotal Howard Hughes film."
-- Craig Gottlieb Auctions